KRISTIN NOVAK

Every day is a new adventure and you need to be prepared for it inside of you. So, I start my day with a small meditation to clean up my mind and then I plan what I need to do on that day. If you want to be successful, you always need to train your brain, your body, and believe in what you do. It's definitely not always easy and when I start feeling my confidence going down, I take a small break and think that we are all the same and if somebody can do it why can't I? I'm not shy to ask for advice from a person who knows more than I. You shouldn't think that you will look silly; we all start from a beginning and the more experience you have, the more confident you will feel after. Good exercise, for me, is to practice my look or what I want to say in front of the mirror, so then I will know how exactly I would look. I recommend reading the book "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown to regularize your thoughts and leave the things you don't need in your life.

 

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I'm not perfect and I don't feel bad about it. It's more about training myself and the more I work and see changes, the more I feel confident. At the beginning, I definitely felt awkward in front of cameras and what people would think about me, but then I started changing my attitude and what I ate and drank, so I have less problems with my skin and I go to the gym more. Now I'm in love with kickboxing, and it's always our best friend Photoshop who can hide small problems if you have them. It comes with experience when you know your best sides and you feel comfortable working with different people. You just forget about your problems and try to do all your best while you work. The more you do it, and the more you know yourself, the more professional you will be.

 

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Every shoot is a different story with a different concept and you will not always like what you do or where you do it. Once, for a hair shoot, I was wearing a black garbage bag as a dress with some pearls on it and it was the most unusual, I would say. When you shoot outside and people look at you because you are dressed weird is a challenge, but it's fun and you can feel different and show emotions that you're not really used to. Thanks to these shoots, you can open yourself to another side of you. I'm most comfortable in dresses because then I can open up my femininity and be the tenderest thing I ever can be or feel more like iron women and show my strongest features that I have. It's fun and it depends on the concept, you can go back in time, or in the future, or try something super unusual and still be yourself.

 

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Usually, you can't choose with whom you will work with. You meet people from all over the world with their own vision and character and here you show your professionalism. I'm a super easy going person and people like me. It's always nice to talk about life and favourite things before a shoot and get to know some more about the people you will work with, but the best is when you can quickly change to a working mood. I always try to find out some information about the photographer and feel their style, so I will be a little bit more prepared.

 

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Versatility is super important. As I said before, the more flexible and creative you are, and the more you are not ashamed to open yourself from various sides is a huge plus. But, you shouldn't be scared to say when things makes you feel uncomfortable. Discussions before work is rule number one. Mood boards, videos, music, are all visual effects that can help you reach emotions that will help you do better in your work. I'm always up for getting out of my comfort zone because this is how you can grow and learn something new.

 

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I used to be super shy and sometimes was scared to talk to people and because of my work, I now love myself. Everyday I am working to improve, grow, and just be thankful for what I have. I'm grateful for this opportunity to see the world and meet people who will inspire me. And in the near future, I will be moving to a new place and hope to open myself from a new side.

 

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I'm more of a realistic person and think a lot before I do something. 2018 will treat me in a tricky way. I was asking for changes and here we are: a new place to live, a new journey is coming, and I will find peace inside. There is no white or black lines in this life. I believe everything happens to make us stronger and every person appears in life for a reason. I dont know what life will give me, but I'm more than ready to face it. Otherwise, life would be boring.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Machines will replace us (laughing) or we will all die because of global warming.

 
















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Kristin Novak // kristin.novak

 

JUNNNKTANK is an online zine which has existed in one form or another since 2006.
For over a decade, the focus has been on highlighting the efforts of inspiring individuals and artists from around the world.

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